Dr Diana Camps

  • Lecturer in Education (School of Social & Environmental Sustainability)

Biography

Research focus

My own research vision is to understand the role of language and discourse in the production of injustice and inequality – my core interest is in better understanding the mechanisms, policies and practices that continue to (re)produce injustice and marginalisation to effect change and find mitigating solutions.

My research has directed attention to different marginalised groups and various social challenges including migration and access to education, the right to culture (cultural life) in Scotland, the legitimation of minoritised languages and access to justice for social rights. My work has maintained a central focus on how discourses are transformed through social action and their role in shaping contemporary programmes and practices.

My PhD in Sociolinguistics (2019), completed at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the University of Oslo, entailed a multi-scalar analysis of pivotal policy documents related to minority language protection. The analysis shed light on the power dimensions of language policy and emphasised the value of examining the wider environment in which a policy is produced, as well as the multi-layered connections between texts, discourse and practice.

Prior to entering academia, my experience includes teaching various learner groups in TESOL (refugee adults and international students), as well as working with a large NGO in Chicago (IL) in refugee resettlement. My subsequent Master’s research (2010-2012) directed attention to better understanding the mechanisms that govern refugee resettlement in the US, illustrating how the framing in US policies of refugees and the role of language in integration (i.e. learning the dominant language) directly impacted and constrained the provision of English language education for refugee adults, and consequently their social mobility.

Research interests

My expertise:

  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) & foreign language education (Dutch) - adult learning
  • (Minority) language policy & planning
  • Migration and education
  • Linguistic and cultural rights (social rights)
  • Language revitalisation
  • Language and law
  • Critical discourse analysis (Nexus Analysis)
  • Qualitative & mixed-methodological research methods

Given my interest in the interrelationships between language and (in)justice, my research is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing different theoretical underpinnings, methodological tools and a variety of stakeholders.

Current strands of work include:

  • Investigating access to education and leisure for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) in Scotland, in collaboration with colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian University and Queen Margaret University.
  • Progressing the right to culture (cultural life) in Scotland, including collaborations with civil society and Scottish government, in relation to the Human Rights Bill for Scotland consultation and the relevance for minoritised and migrant language communities.
  • Examining parliamentary debates discourse around the repeal of the Human Rights Act.
  • Developing international comparative research on policy framings of refugees and asylum seekers in relation to (language) education.

Publications

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Number of items: 21.

2024

Boyle, K., Camps, D. , English, K. K. , Ferrie, J. , Flegg, A. and Mukherjee, G. (2024) Access to Social Justice: Effective Remedies for Social Rights. Series: Bristol studies in law and social justice. Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529237917 (Accepted for Publication)

2023

Camps, D. M. J. (2023) Parliamentary Debates Around the HRA and Regression of Human Rights in the UK. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ 75th anniversary (10 Dec 2023) – a time to awaken the UK’s unincorporated human rights treaty obligations, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, 28 April 2023.

Camps, D. M. J. and Busby, N. (2023) Competing Conceptions of Human Rights: From Rhetoric to Rights Provision. Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference 2023, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 4-6 April 2023.

Camps, D. M. J. , Webster, E. and Mitchell, L. (2023) Incorporating International Human Rights: The Right to Cultural Life in Scotland. Project Report. Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Art27 Scotland.

Camps, D. M. J. , English, K., Flegg, A., Mukherjee, G., Boyle, K. and Ferrie, J. (2023) Access to Social Justice: Social Rights and the UK’s Access to Justice Gap. Bristol University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Camps, D. M. J. , Morozova, D. and Taylor, K. (2023) Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Scotland: A Scoping Exercise to Understand how Separated Children Access Education and Participate in Leisure. British Academy Early Career Researcher Network - Scotland Showcase, Stirling, UK, 6-7 September 2023.

Camps, D. M. J. , Morozova, D. and Taylor, K. (2023) Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Scotland: A Scoping Exercise to Understand how Separated Children Access Education and Participate in Leisure. Briefing paper. Other. University of Glasgow. (doi: 10.36399/gla.pubs.304970).

2022

Boyle, K. and Camps, D. (2022) A human rights lens: Reclaiming the narrative for social rights as legal rights. In: Adler, M. (ed.) A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy, Practice and Impact. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham. ISBN 9781800886322

Camps, D. M. J. (2022) Accountability and Agency: Exploring Justice in the UK Social Rights Landscape. ESCR Network Conference: Operationalising Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, 9-11 November 2022.

Camps, D. M. J. (2022) Access to Justice for Social Rights: Addressing the Accountability Gap. Reflections on the Accountability Gap. The 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The UK Human Rights Law Landscape and Social Justice, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, 24 June 2022.

Boyle, K., Camps, D. , English, K. and Ferrie, J. (2022) The Practitioner Perspective on Access to Justice for Social Rights: Addressing the Accountability Gap. Documentation. Nuffield Foundation, London.

Camps, D. (2022) An Interdisciplinary research approach: A Legal and Discursive Analysis of Social Rights Policy in the UK. Documentation. Nuffield Foundation, London.

2020

Boyle, K. and Camps, D. (2020) (Lacking in) Methodological Rigour, Human Rights and Devolution: IRAL’s challenge is one of process as well as substance. [Website]

Boyle, K. and Camps, D. (2020) Boyle And Camps Written Evidence Independent Review of Administrative Law 16 Oct 2020. Documentation. Independent Review of Administrative Law.

2019

Camps, D. (2019) Discursive Currents: When Does a Language Become a ‘Real Language’? Language Policy Forum 2019, Edinburgh, UK, 30-31 May 2019.

Camps, D. (2019) Legitimacy and Heritage: Questions of Authority in a Minority Language Classroom. 2nd International Conference on Bilingualism, Valletta, Malta, 25-27 March 2019.

2018

Rygg Nøttveit, A. and Camps, D. (2018) Det viktigaste er at folk skriv Limburgisk = The most important is that people write Limburgish. Framtida.no, 2018(9 Nov),

Camps, D. (2018) Negotiating Linguistic Authority: A Local Spelling Contest in Limburg, Netherlands. Second International Conference on Sociolinguistics: Insights from Superdiversity, Complexity and Multimodality, Budapest, Hungary, 6-8 September 2018.

2017

Camps, D. (2017) De Stemming [Invited Guest Speaker]. [Audio]

Camps, D. M.J. (2017) Legitimating Limburgish: The reproduction of heritage. In: Lane, P., Costa, J. and De Korne, H. (eds.) Standardizing Minority Languages: Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery. Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism (13). Routledge, pp. 66-83. ISBN 9781315647722 (doi: 10.4324/9781315647722)

2015

Camps, D. (2015) Restraining English instruction for refugee adults in the United States. In: Feuerherm, E. M. and Ramanathan, V. (eds.) Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Language, Policy, Pedagogy. Multilingual Matters, pp. 54-72. ISBN 9781783094578

This list was generated on Mon Jul 15 10:54:35 2024 BST.
Number of items: 21.

Articles

Rygg Nøttveit, A. and Camps, D. (2018) Det viktigaste er at folk skriv Limburgisk = The most important is that people write Limburgish. Framtida.no, 2018(9 Nov),

Books

Boyle, K., Camps, D. , English, K. K. , Ferrie, J. , Flegg, A. and Mukherjee, G. (2024) Access to Social Justice: Effective Remedies for Social Rights. Series: Bristol studies in law and social justice. Bristol University Press. ISBN 9781529237917 (Accepted for Publication)

Camps, D. M. J. , English, K., Flegg, A., Mukherjee, G., Boyle, K. and Ferrie, J. (2023) Access to Social Justice: Social Rights and the UK’s Access to Justice Gap. Bristol University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Book Sections

Boyle, K. and Camps, D. (2022) A human rights lens: Reclaiming the narrative for social rights as legal rights. In: Adler, M. (ed.) A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy, Practice and Impact. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham. ISBN 9781800886322

Camps, D. M.J. (2017) Legitimating Limburgish: The reproduction of heritage. In: Lane, P., Costa, J. and De Korne, H. (eds.) Standardizing Minority Languages: Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery. Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism (13). Routledge, pp. 66-83. ISBN 9781315647722 (doi: 10.4324/9781315647722)

Camps, D. (2015) Restraining English instruction for refugee adults in the United States. In: Feuerherm, E. M. and Ramanathan, V. (eds.) Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Language, Policy, Pedagogy. Multilingual Matters, pp. 54-72. ISBN 9781783094578

Research Reports or Papers

Camps, D. M. J. , Webster, E. and Mitchell, L. (2023) Incorporating International Human Rights: The Right to Cultural Life in Scotland. Project Report. Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Art27 Scotland.

Camps, D. M. J. , Morozova, D. and Taylor, K. (2023) Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Scotland: A Scoping Exercise to Understand how Separated Children Access Education and Participate in Leisure. Briefing paper. Other. University of Glasgow. (doi: 10.36399/gla.pubs.304970).

Boyle, K., Camps, D. , English, K. and Ferrie, J. (2022) The Practitioner Perspective on Access to Justice for Social Rights: Addressing the Accountability Gap. Documentation. Nuffield Foundation, London.

Camps, D. (2022) An Interdisciplinary research approach: A Legal and Discursive Analysis of Social Rights Policy in the UK. Documentation. Nuffield Foundation, London.

Boyle, K. and Camps, D. (2020) Boyle And Camps Written Evidence Independent Review of Administrative Law 16 Oct 2020. Documentation. Independent Review of Administrative Law.

Conference or Workshop Item

Camps, D. M. J. (2023) Parliamentary Debates Around the HRA and Regression of Human Rights in the UK. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ 75th anniversary (10 Dec 2023) – a time to awaken the UK’s unincorporated human rights treaty obligations, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, 28 April 2023.

Camps, D. M. J. and Busby, N. (2023) Competing Conceptions of Human Rights: From Rhetoric to Rights Provision. Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference 2023, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 4-6 April 2023.

Camps, D. M. J. , Morozova, D. and Taylor, K. (2023) Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Scotland: A Scoping Exercise to Understand how Separated Children Access Education and Participate in Leisure. British Academy Early Career Researcher Network - Scotland Showcase, Stirling, UK, 6-7 September 2023.

Camps, D. M. J. (2022) Accountability and Agency: Exploring Justice in the UK Social Rights Landscape. ESCR Network Conference: Operationalising Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, 9-11 November 2022.

Camps, D. M. J. (2022) Access to Justice for Social Rights: Addressing the Accountability Gap. Reflections on the Accountability Gap. The 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The UK Human Rights Law Landscape and Social Justice, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester, 24 June 2022.

Camps, D. (2019) Discursive Currents: When Does a Language Become a ‘Real Language’? Language Policy Forum 2019, Edinburgh, UK, 30-31 May 2019.

Camps, D. (2019) Legitimacy and Heritage: Questions of Authority in a Minority Language Classroom. 2nd International Conference on Bilingualism, Valletta, Malta, 25-27 March 2019.

Camps, D. (2018) Negotiating Linguistic Authority: A Local Spelling Contest in Limburg, Netherlands. Second International Conference on Sociolinguistics: Insights from Superdiversity, Complexity and Multimodality, Budapest, Hungary, 6-8 September 2018.

Audio

Camps, D. (2017) De Stemming [Invited Guest Speaker]. [Audio]

Website

Boyle, K. and Camps, D. (2020) (Lacking in) Methodological Rigour, Human Rights and Devolution: IRAL’s challenge is one of process as well as substance. [Website]

This list was generated on Mon Jul 15 10:54:35 2024 BST.

Grants

  • British Academy Early Career Research Network (BA-ECRN) (2023), Scotland Hub Seed Fund competition (Reference Number: BAS2023-41) - GBP 1,854
    • Seed funding (Co-I) for scoping/ grant writing activities: Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Scotland: A Scoping Exercise to Understand how Separated Children Access Education and Participate in Leisure (March-July 2023)
  • Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing), University ofOslo,Norway
    • Completion Grant - 1 year, (2018–2019) - NOK 500,000 - comprising 50% research activities and 50% teaching and pedagogical training
    • Internal departmental grant (September 2017) - NOK 18,000 - Research Stay, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Freiburg, Germany
    • Internal departmental grant (July 2016) - NOK 10,000 - Research Stay, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Teaching

Possess a University Teaching Qualification (prerequisite certificate of pedagogical competence for university educators), 150 hours, University of Oslo,Norway (2019, March)

Teaching Experience 

  • Sociolinguistics - Various courses, guest lectures
  • TESOL - English for Academic Purposes - international students, private university campus; refugee adults
  • Dutch language and culture
  • Academic writing workshop for Master's students
  • Law (guest lecture) - Module on Human Rights in Practice: Economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights

Additional information

Selected membership:

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Language Policy Special Interest Group (LP SIG)

  • Secretary, June 2019 – present

Professional development (selected):

Equality, Law and Social Justice summer residence, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (2023, June-July)

  • Accepted upon successful application for a 3-week international, interdisciplinary summer residence